Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

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Tuesday, 4 March, 2003, 12:00am

CMB appoints new adviser

China Motor Bus (CMB) has appointed Anglo Chinese Corporate Finance as independent financial adviser on a hostile takeover bid. CMB yesterday said Anglo Chinese had replaced HSBC in that role, but HSBC remained as an adviser to the company.

26 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Cash offer buoys CMB

Shares of property investor China Motor Bus (CMB) jumped 7.89 per cent to HK$71.75 yesterday on news of a cash offer by Yu Ming Investment Management. The offer is Yu Ming's second to listed companies within three days as it launched a takeover bid for financial group Pacific Challenge Holdings on April 18 and another for CMB on April 20.

24 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Investor makes CMB offer

Franchised bus operator-turned-property investor China Motor Bus (CMB) has received a cash offer by Asia Time Investments for its entire issued share capital but full terms have yet to be announced. CMB yesterday said it had received a letter of a voluntary conditional cash offer through Yu Ming Investment Management last Saturday but considered a number of the terms vague.

23 Apr 2002 - 12:00am


GIVE ME THAT old China Motor Bus back. I have had enough of these new improved bus services that the Government has inflicted on us and I want to board my old blue and yellow clunker again in the morning.

17 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Low-profile Ngan clan bows out with grace

The low-profile Ngan family, which has owned CMB since winning its franchise in 1933, maintained its near-silence right up to the last.

The family, which has only rarely made public statements, bade farewell in a small press notice yesterday.

1 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

CMB must co-operate

When the Government finally decided to cancel the franchise of China Motor Bus after endless complaints about the inadequacy of the service and the age of most of the fleet, commuters heaved a sigh of relief.

12 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Petrol stations option for late bus handover

Buses could be serviced and refuelled at petrol stations if there is a late transfer of CMB vehicles to New World First Bus on September 1.

The move is part of a 'worst-case scenario' contingency plan being drawn up by the incoming operator. It has still not agreed with CMB on the transfer of assets.

11 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

CMB sells off investment arm

Belgian shipping group CMB has sold its 51 per cent stake in CMBT Investments to South Africa's Safmarine Group, giving Safmarine full control of the Safmarine & CMBT Lines (SCL) container shipping joint venture.

CMB said the move would enable SCL to make best use of opportunities arising in the fast-changing shipping industry.

29 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

First Bus seeks 400 workers on top of its 2,400 former CMB employees

DESPITE poaching all of CMB's frontline staff, First Bus is hunting for almost 400 more workers.

The company said on top of the 2,400 former CMB staff who have registered to work for First Bus from September 1, another 300 drivers will be needed by mid-1999 - as will 70 more workers, including public liaison staff and bus inspectors.

12 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Winning drive

We often hear about negative experiences with public transport, but we would like to praise a driver of the CMB No 970 bus, Lo Wai-kwan.

Mr Lo always has a smile for his passengers. He looks out for blind passengers and successfully encourages others to assist them to board. He drives carefully, avoiding sudden braking and acceleration, and performs many more thoughtful deeds.

3 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Good record

I refer to J. S. K. Lee's letter headlined, 'Catch up with other countries' (South China Morning Post, April 17).

Although many people, including Mr Lee, have criticised CMB for having old buses, just because they are old does not mean they are not safe.

24 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

CMB guilty of disrespect

I refer to the story which appeared in the South China Morning Post on February 18, regarding CMB losing its franchise ('CMB stripped of franchise').

I read with disbelief that CMB showed no remorse and even with several warnings had made no attempt to improve its services.

This shows a total lack of respect for the loyalty of its employees and its customers.

3 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Fare's fair

Mid-summer signals that the Transport Department was prepared to get tough with the China Motor Bus company have, once more, turned out to be just talk. Although last night's settlement averted any immediate threat of a strike, the eleventh hour nature of this agreement left commuters uncertain, until the last moment, whether they would face travel chaos this morning.

14 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Payout compromise stops CMB strike

China Motor Bus (CMB) workers cancelled plans for industrial action last night after reaching a deal with management.

Unionists called off the proposed strike, planned for this morning's rush hour, after a meeting at the Chai Wan depot mediated by Labour Department officials.

14 Nov 1997 - 12:00am